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The times they are a-changin'

Former Mike and the Mad Dog front man Mike Francesa proved this week he was resistant to change others see as inevitable - modern communicators and marketers don't have that luxury, as this week's social media Wookiee viral show illustrated. Read entire article
27 May 2016 | 8:28 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 5.27.2016

Obama at Hiroshima; Silicon Valley divided on Peter Thiel; Student gets agency's attention with Snapchat; More Takata airbag recalls. Read entire article
27 May 2016 | 3:46 am PDT

Russia specialist firm EM opens New York office

The firm, which is headquartered in London, also launched an office in Hong Kong last September. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 12:48 pm PDT

Reddit names Wikia's Philippe Beaudette as community manager

He is replacing Kristine Fasnacht, who left the company after five years. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 11:11 am PDT

Bayer joins CDC in fight against Zika

Bayer has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and donated contraception and mosquito control products to help fight Zika in Puerto Rico. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 9:54 am PDT

Brands challenge each other to up the ante on #RedNoseDay

How 16 brands got into the (seriously silly) spirit of Red Nose Day. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 9:44 am PDT

LinkedIn drops users a note about data breach aftermath

The professional social network emailed users on Wednesday about what it is doing to combat its still-developing 2012 data breach. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 7:45 am PDT

Why small agencies outside NY and LA are the real losers in overtime expansion

With more workers below the threshold, and less financial wiggle room, smaller agencies in secondary markets see new rules as an existential threat. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 6:34 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 5.26.2016

Peter Thiel tells NYT why he took on Gawker; Is a Trump-Sanders debate in California in the cards?; Obama to visit Hiroshima; Fight for $15 protesters disrupt McDonald's plans; Twitter calls it quits on e-commerce research. Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 3:45 am PDT

Oil price slump fails to dent Middle East PR sector says MEPRA

The Middle East's public relations industry is undergoing a renaissance despite plummeting oil prices, according to new research by the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA). Read entire article
26 May 2016 | 12:20 am PDT

FleishmanHillard bolsters China leadership

Cedric Vanhaver has been named head of corporate communications. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 7:05 pm PDT

John Mullins rejoins Ruder Finn Asia

The veteran PR consultant returns to the agency as chief development officer. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 6:45 pm PDT

Chris Monteiro departs MasterCard for KPMG

Monteiro had worked at MasterCard for nearly two decades. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 9:19 am PDT

Conflicting polls highlight uncertainty about public's opinion of pharma

The pharma industry's reputation has improved slightly this year according to one study, but another suggested it can better tell its story. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 9:09 am PDT

Heart health device maker Omron Healthcare brings on MWW

John Digles, EVP and head of the health and wellness practice, is leading account work. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 8:34 am PDT

MSLGroup implements 'staff adjustments' in U.S. offices

No senior executives were affected, an MSLGroup representative said. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 7:45 am PDT

Is it time for Twitter to drop its 140-character limit?

As the company struggles to grant users more space, why not bust out of self-imposed prison altogether? Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 6:34 am PDT

PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

Four weeks ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, research shows that despite being generally pro-EU, most PR agencies are advising corporate clients to remain publicly neutral. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 6:11 am PDT

Hotwire promotes Matt Cross to UK MD role

Hotwire has promoted Matt Cross to the position of MD of UK business. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 4:15 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 5.25.2016

Peter Thiel backs lawsuit against Gawker; Violence at Trump event in New Mexico; Microsoft calls it quits on Nokia consumer smartphone push; Libre Initiative changes course amid Trump candidacy; Vice cuts jobs on two continents. Read entire article
25 May 2016 | 3:47 am PDT

Zurich's internationally minded economy creates opportunity for PR industry

A look at the Swiss city's PR landscape with Wolfgang Weber-Thedy, managing partner, Weber-Thedy, which represents Ogilvy PR.
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6 May 2016 | 6:08 am PDT

Eric Mower + Associates' Sean Casey touts Albany's rich history, progressive thinking

Albany is part of a larger, bustling metro area that overlaps with four counties and three major cities, each with its own identity.
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3 May 2016 | 12:40 pm PDT

No time to siesta for Barcelona's PR professionals

Ben Miller, director of global comms at sports and entertainment firm Actyvos Group, discusses agency life in the seaside city.
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16 Mar 2016 | 12:37 pm PDT

An energized Cleveland preps for 2016 Republican convention, global spotlight

Brian Grace, director of communications at Progressive Insurance, runs down how the lakeside city is gearing up for big events like the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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18 Feb 2016 | 10:04 am PST

Spotlight: Guangzhou

Emily Situ, general manager of RF Thunder in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, discusses PR in the booming South China market building momentum as a tech hub
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27 Jan 2016 | 8:30 am PST

Santa Barbara's PR climate: highly desirable, low on entry-level opportunities

A sophisticated California lifestyle without LA's traffic or huge crowds has many young comms pros psyched to work in the beachside city, says Davies CEO.
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25 Jan 2016 | 9:13 am PST

In Brooklyn, PR agencies battle for talent under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Your guide to the rapidly evolving PR scene in Brooklyn's "Tech Triangle."
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19 Jan 2016 | 12:18 pm PST

It can be hard to find - and keep - PR pros in LA, says Lagrant CEO Kim Hunter

The president and CEO of Lagrant Communications says that, sunshine aside, it can be difficult to find elite PR professionals in the City of Angels
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22 Dec 2015 | 11:59 am PST

Regional spotlight: Des Moines' niche markets, from PR to politics

Chris Diebel, MD at LPCA Public Strategies, details how the caucus process and urban investment make the city a hot destination for PR pros
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23 Nov 2015 | 8:37 am PST

Global spotlight: The marketing mindset of Manchester

Alison Last, corporate comms manager at Kellogg's, says in-house and agency opportunities abound for PR pros in the city's vibrant economy
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19 Nov 2015 | 10:48 am PST

Regional spotlight: Richmond's tight-knit PR community and intense talent wars

Jill Vaughan, comms director at Virginia Lottery, discusses how Richmond's helpful spirit benefits newcomers to the city's PR scene
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27 Oct 2015 | 12:21 pm PDT

Global spotlight: How social media drives Tokyo's PR business scene

Kyoko Fujii Takagi, corporate comms division supervisor at Dentsu PR, details how the evolution of social media has impacted the city's comms landscape
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27 Oct 2015 | 7:56 am PDT

Global spotlight: The new media landscape of New Delhi

Kapil Rampal, founder and CEO of Creative Crest, says hard work in a welcoming environment brings success in the city's comms space
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29 Sep 2015 | 12:32 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: Tech-savvy transit hub Newark is perfect fit, says Audible

Matthew Thornton, VP of comms at Audible, discusses how an influx of creative brands and a tech-related approach have revitalized the city
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29 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am PDT

Jamaica offers year-round promotional opportunities, from tourism to PR

Sandra Scott, deputy director of tourism and marketing at the Jamaica Tourist Board, explains the island's ins and outs.
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25 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: How Hoosier hospitality fought Indiana's anti-LGBT law

Debra DeCourcy, VP of corporate comms for Angie's List, details why Indianapolis businesses oppose the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
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24 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am PDT

Multinational companies give rise to mature PR industry in Bogotá

Miguel Herrera, market leader at Burson-Marsteller Colombia, says the arrival of multinational companies has given rise to a mature PR industry
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1 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm PDT

Kansas City rallies to keep young PR talent in town

Trozzolo Communications Group VP Joshua Brewster discusses how a spirit of togetherness imbues the city’s business and comms sectors
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1 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am PDT

How Pittsburgh transformed its reputation

Shannon Baker, partner and EVP of PR and social media at Gatesman+Dave, discusses how Pittsburgh shook off its reputation as a steel mill city.
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26 May 2015 | 11:07 am PDT

Santiago PR pros strive to improve private sector's image after scandals

Pelayo Bezanilla, public affairs and comms manager, Coca-Cola, says PR professionals are hot to improve the reputation of Chile's private sector.
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26 May 2015 | 8:41 am PDT
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